Man Utd takeover fear, Chelsea target two deals, Mac Allister decision
Klopp urges Liverpool to keep pressure on in top four battle
Premier League clubs are preparing for a busy, big-spending summer transfer window with several high-profile deals set to take place. The likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are all set to strengthen their squads with several moves when the window fully reopens at the start of July.
All three clubs need plenty of new signings to ensure they improve their chances of challenging Manchester City for the Premier League title come May 2024. And they could find themselves fighting for the same targets in what could be a dramatic few months.
United and Liverpool both require midfield reinforcements after struggling with a lack of depth. Arsenal came ever so close to ending City’s dominance and will hope to go one further next season by winning the league with a better squad.
Meanwhile, Chelsea could spend big once again, and the futures of England stars Harry Kane, Mason Mount and Declan Rice seem uncertain. Follow all the latest in Express Sport’s live updates blog, below…
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Orsic wants Zagreb return
Mislav Orsic wants to leave Southampton and return to Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb.
Express Sport understands that Orsic could be the first departure of the Saints’ summer exodus after playing just six minutes in the Premier League.
He is back in Croatia to resolve his future.
Zagreb have proposed an initial loan deal just four months after sanctioning an £8million sale.
Xhaka is Leverkusen-bound
Express Sport understands Bayer Leverkusen are close to finalising the signing of Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.
The Gunners star is set to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer, recognised his role will likely be reduced next season.
Reports claim the fee could be in the region of £13m.
Man Utd have Rabiot alternative
Manchester United have identified an alternative target if they fail to sign Adrien Rabiot for a second successive summer.
French reports claim Erik ten Hag would turn his attention to Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Manu Kone.
PSG are also said to be closely monitoring the 21-year-old’s situation.
PSG eyeing Prem duo
PSG sporting director Luis Campos has reportedly met Tottenham striker Harry Kane’s brother, also his agent, over a potential summer transfer.
Foot Mercato claim PSG are exploring a blockbuster deal for Kane, with Victor Osimhen said to be prioritising a move to England.
The report adds that Man City midfielder Bernardo Silva and the French giants have a mutual interest over a potential switch.
Balogun opts for USA
Folarin Balogun has confirmed his decision switch his allegiance from England to the USA.
The 21-year-old striker, born in New York, has represented England at U21 level.
However, he has snubbed the Three Lions and Nigeria to represent his country of birth.
He has made a name for himself on loan from Arsenal this season, netting 19 goals for Ligue 1 club Reims.
Liverpool and Arsenal target ruled out for six months
Reported Liverpool and Arsenal target Ismael Bennacer has been ruled out for six months.
The former Gunners midfielder underwent surgery on his right knee.
Bennacer, who plays for AC Milan, has been linked with a return to England, where he made just one appearance for Arsenal before leaving in 2017.
Milan said: “AC Milan announces that Ismael Bennacer underwent surgery on his right knee in Lyon this morning.
“The repair of the cartilage lesion was successfully performed by Dr. Bertrand Sonnery Cottet in the presence of AC Milan’s club doctor, Dr. Stefano Mazzoni. The recovery time is estimated to be at least six months.”
Kolo Muani ‘to turn down’ Premier League moves
Randal Kolo Muani is reportedly set to turn down Manchester United and Liverpool.
According to Sport1, the Eintracht Frankfurt star prefers a switch to Bayern Munich.
United and Liverpool had eyed the prolific attacker as they aim to strengthen their forward options.
Garnacho emergence makes Sancho future uncertain
Alejandro Garnacho’s emergence at Man Utd leaves the Red Devils with an uncomfortable decision to make over Jadon Sancho.
Sancho was signed from Borussia Dortmund for £73m in 2021, but has seen several stars leapfrog him into the plans of United boss Erik ten Hag.
The latest of those is Garnacho, who topped a fine cameo with a goal in the 2-0 win over Wolves.
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Pochettino ‘likes’ £20m star
Mauricio Pochettino reportedly rates Chelsea starlet Carney Chukwuemeka and plans to have the former Aston Villa player in his first team next season.
Chukwuemeka was a £20m arrival from Villa last summer but has played just 14 times.
The Evening Standard reports that incoming boss Pochettino is a fan of the 19-year-old, though, and will cast his eye over the midfielder over the summer.
Chelsea have prevented Chukwuemeka from joining the England squad for the U20 World Cup until the season is over.
Arsenal ‘to sell four’ to fund Rice and Caicedo deals
Arsenal could ruthlessly cull four first-team stars to fund transfers for Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo, according to The Times.
Granit Xhaka, Emile Smith Rowe, Rob Holding and Folarin Balogun have supposedly been made available.
The report adds that a double swoop for Rice and Caicedo could set Arsenal back around £170m.
Barcelona continue cull
Barcelona boss Xavi will reportedly sit down with players to inform them that they will leave the club this summer.
The La Liga champions still need to balance their finances to comply with league rules.
According to Sport, Ferran Torres, Franck Kessie, Ansu Fati and Jordi Alba are all likely to leave the Camp Nou.
Mount future unclear
Mason Mount could reportedly still leave Chelsea despite the impending arrival of Mauricio Pochettino.
The appointment of the former Tottenham head coach has apparently come too late to persuade Mount to remain.
Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with the England star.
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Arteta backed with £170m double transfer
Arsenal are prepared to back boss Mikel Arteta with a £170m double summer swoop.
The Gunners will attempt to strengthen their midfield with the additions of Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo.
Rice is likely to leave West Ham and Arsenal are seen as the most likely destination. Brighton star Caicedo will once again be the subject of interest from North London.
According to The Times, Arsenal are prepared to back a double move for the duo that could cost a combined £170m.
Man Utd takeover fear
Man Utd chiefs fear the Glazers could ‘ruin’ Erik ten Hag’s transfer plans if the takeover process continues for too long, Express Sport understands.
The Red Devils are likely to be busy this summer if Ten Hag has his own way.
A new striker is top of the agenda, with Victor Osimhen and Harry Kane both linked.
But there remains uncertainty over who will actually own the club when the transfer window reopens.
The Glazers are yet to sell the club. A full takeover could take at least another month while the prospective new owner completes due diligence.
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Chelsea target two deals
Chelsea reportedly have two priority transfers to make as Todd Boehly looks set to curb his spending.
According to Sky Sports, the Blues will gift incoming boss Mauricio Pochettino with a goalkeeper and a striker in the summer window.
Pochettino will not be given the huge list of additions granted to sacked former head coaches Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter this season.
Brentford shot-stopper David Raya is apparently well-liked at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea could battle Man Utd for strikers Victor Osimhen and Dusan Vlahovic.
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Mac Allister decision
Alexis Mac Allister will reportedly only leave Brighton for a Champions League club this summer.
It leaves Man Utd in a strong position ahead of a potential summer move, while fellow suitors Liverpool have work to do to finish in the top four.
The Athletic report that the World Cup winner has a deal with Brighton that will see the Seagulls have a say in his final destination, although Mac Allister is likely to only leave for a team in the Champions League.
Roberto De Zerbi’s side could qualify for the Europa League come the end of the campaign, boosting their chances of keeping Mac Allister, Moises Caicedo and Kaoru Mitoma.
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